So we have a new look at the [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) roster and we see some well known favorites and some new ones, but there's one in particular I wanted to draw attention to is...
Being displayed on the new poster, TV action star Emily VanCamp is best known for her work on the series Revenge on ABC. She has been a favorite for a number of female roles in fan-casting posts here on MP and fits in quite nicely as a woman of SHIELD. It appears Marvel is going to be giving some much deserved screen time to one of Marvel's bad ass female characters, Sharon Carter a.k.a Agent 13.
A Little Info About Agent 13
Agent 13's comic book origins are going to be a little different from her film background, and with good reason. Originally Agent 13 AKA Sharon Carter was the sister of Cap's first love, you guessed it, Peggy Carter. Later the character would be ret-conned as Peggy's niece.
Growing up, Sharon Carter would hear stories of her amazing aunt Peggy which inspired Sharon to join the international security agency S.H.I.E.L.D., where she was assigned the code name Agent 13. She had crossed paths with Captain America many times. The first encounter is during one of Sharon's earliest missions, when Captain America came to her aid when 13 came under attack by a mercenary known as Batroc the Leaper. They would eventually come to be in a romantic relationship until Agent 13's apparent death in a mission to topple a white supremacist group in NYC.
Of course we know no one in comics all isn't as it appears and people rarely ever truly stay dead, and it is revealed Agent 13 survived this mission and returns to her position at SHIELD, even briefly taking on the role of SHIELD Director.
In the comic book version of Civil War, 13 starts as a supporter of the Superhuman Registration Act, but later decides she cannot fight against her former lover Captain America and sides with the resistance.
Sharon is a trained athlete and martial artist. She is highly trained in the ways of espionage, weapons, firearms and computers and has no super powers to speak of.
Agent 13 in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe
We have seen 13 in the shared movie universe, but we don't know anything about her. In her first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier she was a supporting character at best, but her role became a bit more vital near the conclusion of the film where she helps to take on the HYDRA agents that have infiltrated SHIELD HQ. Hopefully we get a little more information about her in the coming films. I expect her origin will fall in line with that of her ret-conned background and she will be Peggy's niece, or possibly even her daughter, but only time will tell.
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier we got a little taste for potential romance between Rogers and Carter, but they don't ever really get to have a true connection with all the drama that happens, but I would be surprised if we didn't see this progress in some way. Sharon being a relative of Peggy's could also create a little bit of an internal conflict within Cap considering his feelings for the late super spy all those years ago.
This version of Civil War will also be different from it's comic book inspiration, centering around the manhunt for Winter Soldier and reportedly:
"...the movie will begin with Captain America leading the new team of Avengers around the globe and stopping threats. Unfortunately, one stop on this tour leads to an international incident involving a good deal of collateral damage. Mounting political pressure results in a regulation that will force superheroes to register with the government, but while some individuals are on board with this idea, others very much aren’t. This leads to a clash of the titans where heroes aren’t fighting villains, but instead other heroes." -CinemaBlend
This is not a far shout from the actual comic book beginnings, though the incident in the comics involved a supernova explosion produced by a mutant named Nitro, that levels a school, killing a bunch of children in Colorado. For licensing reasons, this was obviously not doable for Marvel and Disney movie studios, however, I wouldn't expect the movie to deal with the death of children either, but rather the incident will be political in nature as the theme of previous Captain America movies suggests.
All-in-all, I'm glad to see a new(ish) female addition to the Marvel line-up, and it will be interesting to see Scarlett Johanson's Black Widow go up against Emily VanCamp's Agent 13. Civil War hits theaters May 6th, 2016.